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Flagged by Customs after I Lost My Global Entry Help!!

Old Oct 12, 17, 12:28 pm
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Flagged by Customs after I Lost My Global Entry Help!!

Hi, looking for any help or advice. I was coming back from Paris to Minneapolis 9 months ago and going thru Global Entry, got pulled aside for a random Agricultural Inspection...forgot I had an apple in my bag. I was held for 2.5 hours, paid a $500 fine, lost my Global Entry (for life) Lost my TSA Precheck, and have been flagged at Customs every time (over 100 times in last 9 months. I am a International Commercial Pilot, so this has been almost a career ending event all for an apple. Anyone know what options to get off the flagged status? Any possible way to ever get global entry back? thanks. Rick
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Old Oct 12, 17, 2:50 pm
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Eventually they'll probably ease off on the customs.
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Old Oct 13, 17, 5:08 pm
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For the Global Entry ban, appeal to the Ombudsman. Explain the effect has been out of proportion to the crime and that the fine was enough to get the point home. If they accept that then you can get GE back and everything else will fall into place over time.
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Old Oct 13, 17, 5:31 pm
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The CBP secondary will end once you've demonstrated that you really are "clean".

You may, of course, pursue the Ombudsman angle. But, understand that people who lose GE for a violation where they actually pay a fine simply don't get it back. So, don't get your hopes up.
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Old Oct 13, 17, 6:34 pm
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OP seems to have missed the part during the GE interview where it was explained that all GE members are expected to know and follow immigration & customs rules at all times with zero tolerance for any violations. That's the quid pro quo for the expedited entry privileges - your warning was at the interview.

Originally Posted by https://www.cbp.gov/sites/default/files/documents/globalentry-info-guide.pdf
MEMBER RESPONSIBILITIES
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PENALTIES FOR PROGRAM VIOLATIONS
All travelers, including Global Entry members, are subject to full and random examinations by CBP officers upon entering the U.S. If you violate any condition of Global Entry or any law or regulation of the U.S., officers may:
Revoke your Global Entry privileges;
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HOW TO USE A GLOBAL ENTRY KIOSK
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Declare goods
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5. You must declare any fruits, ...
Originally Posted by https://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/global-entry/eligibility
You may not be eligible for participation in the Global Entry program if you:
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Have been found in violation of any customs, immigration or agriculture regulations or laws in any country;
So, don't ever expect to get GE reinstated. The secondaries will probably start to taper off over time, but for now you are seen as untrusted and require extra scrutiny in case you "forget" a piece of fruit again.
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Old Oct 15, 17, 4:01 am
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I have no problem with his GE being revoked, it's a privilege, not a right, blah blah.

But

OP, are you saying you have been referred to secondary inspection and detained had your bags searched A HUNDRED TIMES over the last nine months because you once brought an undeclared apple into the country?

That's insane. What usually transpires during these flagged secondary inspections?

It's hard to believe.

All I can think of is that they have flagged you for a period of time for this offense, like a year, which would not be a big deal to most people, as most travelers don't re-enter the USA more than a few times a year.

Keep in mind that during these inspections, assuming you are a US citizen, you have no obligation to answer any questions and they still have to re-admit you. Exercising your right to stay silent may not get you unflagged sooner, and it may not be good for your career, but it's a valid option for you to say "I've answered all these questions 100 times before, I'm not answering them again, search the bag."
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Old Oct 15, 17, 5:21 am
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Originally Posted by Rick80607 View Post
Lost my TSA Precheck...
You did not lose TSA PreCheck, as you never have it.

TSA PreCheck is a complementary add-on to GE. Since you never enroll it, simply enroll it with TSA.

Originally Posted by Rick80607 View Post
Anyone know what options to get off the flagged status?
No way.

1. CBP's border searching authority is absolute.

2. Given your occupation, you pose a higher risk for customs violation than other typical travelers. With such mistake, you should consider the flagged status as a gift (as you said, it could end your career).

Originally Posted by Rick80607 View Post
Any possible way to ever get global entry back?
You are done. End of story.
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